I’m trying to get a read on the emotions going through Dory’s mind as he dialogues with The Secret Pelwecki. It seems like a mix of incredulity and contempt with a very strong overtone of panic as he realizes that he’s sitting next to the latest Milfordian boy to succumb to delusions of tank town grandeur.
I was so taken by following The Sec-Pel’s train of thought, that I almost didn’t notice that he was making this pitch to Gil and Kaz in panel two. Gil looks like he’s about to fall over backwards drunk while Kaz is reminiscing about his bouncer days as he flexes intimidatingly in an attempt to shoo Kevin away.
Meanwhile, in panel three… Uh, hey, let’s all just pretend panel three didn’t happen.
“Some of your teammates” = True Standish, the only one of your teammates I can be bothered to talk to.
I’m sure alert TWIMers have noticed during this arc that True has been periodically breaking the fourth wall with side eye, most recently yesterday. It’s almost as if he’s begging to be taken away from Milford so he can get on with his life. Now it’s Gil’s turn to break the fourth wall with a veiled cry for help: “Not my best work.” Prisoner to this five-month-long baseball/softball/death and DUI arc, with not even so much as single pool- or patioside adult beverage break with Mimi? Is Gil’s statement a reference to his usual lack of coaching coaching job, or the seeming inability of his creator to move things forward in this strip? Talk amongst yourselves.
From the Pantheon of Mysterious Objects Dept.: Have we seen Kaz’s “BOB” mug before? Or is that a “BOO” Radley memorial mug? Is he playing blackjack with Gil, or guzzling moo shu pork straight from the takeout box without pancakes?
“Hey, let’s heap physical and verbal abuse on the kid who had nothing to do with his father’s accident, then shun him, then repeat the entire cycle again and again, then act all pissy because the kid doesn’t want to be around us so we can repeat the cycle yet again.”
OMG RUBIN WILL YOU STOP THIS CRAP ALREADY
Oh well. At least it’s much better than “Cats.”
PS: Recycled art tag for True Standish’s hair on Art Standish’s head and (possibly) for Kaz’s big-ass 1998 Nokia 5110.
Today’s strip introduces Larry Arroyo in a bowling shirt… nope, I don’t care.
Today’s strip is an apparent homage to Andy Rooney and Gary Cooper.
Nice Jiffy Pop/Super Mario Bros. lids on the Mudlarks there. Equally nice: a cameo by Milk (or is it Cheese?) perched on Kaz’s shoulder. Trifecta of nice: the passive-aggressive, Hermey the Elf-like answer from True. Coming Monday: Pissy-faced Gil tells his golden mouthpiece to go make nice and play catch with Master Bader.
Stay focused on the important things in life, Kaz. Is Rubin purposely trying to make everyone in this arc aside from True appear to be an ass? Apparently so.
The Family Circus
Poor Barry Bader; not only has he been completely ostracized by his schoolmates, now he’s suffering from trichotillomania. Is Barry no less worthy of the grief counseling Dr. Pearl has afforded Milford High’s other students? Has Gil (or Kaz, for that matter) made any effort to assuage Barry’s guilt and shame over Del’s role in Boo’s death? On which side of the fence does Gil come down on “the sins of the fathers”?
We see that Barry’s erstwhile teammates are ready to go all Old Testament on Valley Tech – an eye for an eye, an ear for a mouth, or something like that.
Today’s comic cameo: Not Me (or is it Ida Know?) from The Family Circus, floating in front of Barry’s door to ask him if he’s staying home from school again.
When I coached baseball years ago, my first team was talented, enough so that we could win most games without playing our best. They also didnt always focus on the game while in the dugout. I remember one game after we lost on some bonehead play, one of the parents told the team – ‘You guys should be dominating these games, and instead you sit in here talking about Ru Paul! ‘ After some uncomfortable laughter, they focused in the rest of the way and won the league title.
So here is another team distracted by off-the-field issues and also split on communicating the issue to the 2 relevant players. I love how apparently Gil or Kaz is in the dugout talking about players sitting RIGHT NEXT TO THEM!!! In the words of Joe Paterno – ‘I cant hear a word you’re sayin.’ Maybe its just the bench players with them but theyre still on the team and supposedly in the bet.
And this bet will open up a can of worms too, if it turns out there’s money involved. Could be the team is down to Ken and Barry by seasons end. Even the King and his Court needed 4 players.